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The Cat Who Lived High (1990)

af Lilian Jackson Braun

Serier: The Cat Who... (11)

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Jim Qwilleran and his feline companions, Koko and Yum Yum, investigate the murder of Dianne Bessinger, the founder of an organization out to save an old apartment house, the Casablanca, from the real-estate developers who plan to tear it down.

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In this 11th book in the series, the nomadic Qwill accepts an offer to spend the winter in a fully furnished penthouse apartment Down Below. The penthouse is at the top of the historic Casablanca hotel, now gone to seed, and the purpose of this residency is to determine whether the K fund will underwrite the restoration of the once elegant and famous building.

The mystery involves the previous tenant of the penthouse who was apparently the victim of a murder-suicide. But it isnÛªt long before Koko unearths clues that make Qwill question that conclusion, and wonder if he himself is in danger. It seems that someone wants to make sure the Casablanca restoration project doesn‰Ûªt go through.

One of the fun things about The Cat Who‰Û_books is revisiting characters, events and places from previous novels, and this one is no exception. For example, the Casablanca is right at the edge of Junktown; and lots of the characters make an appearance here, including Robert Maus, who has given up law to open a restaurant; and Mary Duckworth, who is spearheading the ‰ÛÏSave the Casablanca‰Û movement. When packing for his trip Down Below, Qwill packs a suit that he wore only twice ‰ÛÒ one to a wedding, and once to a funeral. Those of us who have read the books in order know exactly which two events he is referring to.

This was an enjoyable outing in the series. Qwill was once again likeable, and the cast of characters was varied and interesting, especially the residents of the Casablanca hotel. Qwill opens up to one of them about how he overcame his drinking problem. I liked the way this sojourn to his old stomping ground Down Below made Qwill realize that he didn't belong there anymore, and just how much Moose County had become his home.

I wonder if at this point Ms. Jackson Braun went through the same body count analysis I did in my previous review, and determined that 29 deaths somehow related to Qwill in 10 books was a bit much - and that was humans only, there was also a murdered cat and some unfortunate goats. So this one had an extremely low body count ‰ÛÒ only one (not counting the murder-suicide which happened before he entered the picture and couldn‰Ûªt be blamed on him.)

Originally published: 1990

Body Count: 1 a maid at the Casablanca (food poisoning)

Preceded by: The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts

Next Up: The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal ( )
  AngeH | Jan 2, 2020 |
Now I am very glad that I read #12 before #11 in the series as Chapter 1 of #11 riveted my attention for the dearly loved character of Jim Qwilleran. WoW! Well done Lilian Jackson Braun! Well done! The author totally surprised me with this twist of opening chapter and I was spellbound to learn what happened to Qwill as his friends are known to call him.

I'd also call attention to the dedication by the author to her husband for this series as it can be as romantic or as matter-of-fact or as humorous as one's imagination dares.

If you're only reading a few of the titles in this series, I would suggest this one shouldn't be missed. ( )
  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 9, 2019 |
Not one of my favorite Cat Who... books just because of the ending, but still very good. I recommend starting the series with another one if you're new to it. ( )
  KatelynSBolds | Nov 12, 2018 |
This time Qwill and the cats have been offered a chance to live in the top floor apartment of an old historic building. A chance for them to spend the winter out of the cold and snow of Pickax. Granted they will be living Down Below in Qwill's old haunts, but it will be a bit warmer. So Qwill packs up Koko and Yum Yum's blue cushion and commode and away they go!

They arrive to find the Casablanca apartment building in serious condition, filled with a motley cast of tenants, history and mystery. It is also in need of saving and restoration or it will be torn down to make room for a huge new residential and business complex.

Qwill decides that it could be saved and that the Klingenshoen Foundation could foot the bill. He also finds that the previous tenant of the sublet apartment was murdered and her lover committed suicide in and around the apartment! When Koko discovers blood in the carpet under a piece of furniture the hunt for the real truth of the murder is under way.

Qwill also finds that in the three years he's been away Down Under has gone through big changes. Many of his friends and colleagues have moved on and many of his old haunts have been renovated. It isn't the same as he left it.

Will Qwill and the cats stay the whole winter? Will the Klingenshoen Foundation fund the restoration of the Casablanca? Was it really murder with a side of suicide or a double homicide?

Another quick and fun read. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Jan 28, 2018 |
Een aanrader voor wie van eigenzinnige katten en wil toeven in een charmant maar onderkomen luxeflatgebouw uit het vroege interbellum. Een luchtige tussendoortje voor een luie zondag. ( )
  Baukis | Nov 26, 2017 |
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